Between 300mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8 and 80-400mm which one would you choose and why?

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briantilley
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Re: Between 300mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8 and 80-400mm which one would you choose and why?

Dibyendu Majumdar wrote:

briantilley wrote:

Dibyendu Majumdar wrote:

briantilley wrote:

If you don't need a fast lens for sports, wildlife or low light, for "general photography", I would consider the AF-P 70-300mm f.4.5-5.6E VR. It's smaller and lighter (and much cheaper) than any of the lenses you mention, and produces nice images.

Its not that I don't need faster lens - I do.

You still haven't said what you need a faster lens for.

For the usual reasons, better bokeh, ability to focus in dim light.

But price / size / availability in the longer range is a limiting factor.

I had a 70-300mm version in the past - like all these zooms it was not great at 300mm and also slow to focus.

Neither of those criticisms apply as much to the AF-P VR version as they did to earlier version.

I am interested in views of the three lenses I mentioned rather than alternative suggestions.

OK, put it this way - I don't think any of those three lenses matches the requirements as you have stated them.

I am currently leaning toward the 300mm prime.

That's an excellent lens - I have used mine for larger wildlife, airshows, theatre and events. But it's not a flexible lens. For "general photography" in that range I use my AF-P 70-300mm VR.

How about this? Would you post a comparison of images at 300mm of both lenses? Obviously more as a test so same scene etc.

Here you go - posted without comment. Both images taken with a Z7 at 300mm, hand-held with VR (and in-body VR) on Aperture priority at f/6.3 (the difference in brightness is because the camera chose a slightly different shutter speed for the two shots).  No processing other than re-sizing in PS.

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